The Prime Minister has focused on optimism and putting Australians back in charge of their financial security in a key nationwide pitch from Election Day.
Addressing loyal parties at the official launch of the coalition campaign, Scott Morrison tried to put Australians at the center of his reelection talk, speaking directly about their ambitions.
“I am focused on that. On the future. To your future,” he told the Brisbane event.
“This election is about you. It’s about how we create the right conditions for you to achieve the goals you’ve set for you and your family.
“Despite what we’ve been through, we’ve stayed true to Australia’s promise. And Australia has triumphed.”
The 50-minute speech focused on the government’s economic credibility and strong stance on national security.
The focal point was the pension amendment, which allowed first-time homebuyers to take 40 percent of their pension up to $50,000 to buy a home.
The over-55s can also put $300,000 into retirement if they sell and downsize their homes in the hopes of freeing up inventory for families.
“The best thing we can do to help Australians achieve financial security after retirement is to help them own their own home,” said Mr Morrison.
“This is about increasing the choices available to you, within your super. It’s your money.”
The government would also spend an additional $454 million to bolster the Air Force’s combat capabilities with seven drones within the next two years.
Mr Morrison reiterated his mea culpa two days after acknowledging he needed to change aspects of how he handled the premiership after admitting he “can be a bit of a bulldozer”.
“You don’t get everything right. I never pretended to have that. But I’m telling you, I never leave anything on the field,” he said.
“(The future) requires a different approach for us as a government than the mode we have been in during these many difficult years, but it is also a way we have prepared.”
Morrison also tried to allay criticism that the Liberals had a small policy platform that would lead to “more of the same” if reelected.
“I appreciate your patience today, ladies and gentlemen, but as you can see I have a big plan,” he said halfway through the speech.
“I am looking for a second term because I am warming up.
“Together we are building a strong economy and a strong future. Let’s not turn back now.”
Campaign spokeswoman Anne Ruston said the prime minister clearly articulated what the government had done and its plan for the future when asked if the campaign had started too negatively.
“In the last week we must continue to sell our strong message and our strong plan for the future of Australia,” she told AAP after the speech.
“We will continue to talk to Australians about what Saturday’s decision means for them, for their families, their communities and for Australia itself.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warmed up the crowd, while former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott received standing ovations as they entered.
Mr Joyce used his speech to attack Labor policies as interventionist while glorifying what the coalition had achieved for regional Australia.
“We believe that the individual is above the state. The state is a servant of the individual. The Labor Party believes that the state is above the individual and that the individual is a servant of the state,” he said.
Mr Frydenberg focused his attacks on Labour’s economic credibility.
“In a job election, Anthony Albanese doesn’t know the unemployment rate. In a cost of living election, he doesn’t know the cash rate,” he said.